The busy corridors of Harrison Central High in Gulfport will be empty tomorrow as the cold weather closes schools in south Mississippi. Averie Bush, the Principal of Harrison Central High School, says, "You're always concerned about missing days, but if you have bad weather coming in, especially something that we're not used to in this area, ice and the potential of snow and frozen roads, student safety becomes of the utmost concern." Harrison County School District was one of the first to cancel schools, making the call first thing Monday morning, saying the possible risk was just too great. Henry Arledge, Superintendent of Harrison County School District, says, “You saw what happened Friday night in the local area and just imagine a school bus in a situation like that." This wicked, wintry weather caused dozens of car accidents over the last week. School officials want to keep students and employees off of dangerous roads. Bush also says, "Bus drivers, parents, icy roads, these are things that we are not used to in this area." Now that most schools are closing, students are looking forward to the time off.
Bush also says, "They seem to be happy to hear they won't be in school. I'd like to think they'd be studying, but I know a little bit better." Seth Anderson, a junior at Harrison Central High School, says, "If it snows, I'll probably go play in the snow, but if it's just ice, I'll probably just stay inside and play video games or something." Adriana Lindsey, a senior at Harrison High, says, "I'm going to go out and play in it! I've never seen snow, so just go out and have fun." Many of these students have never seen snow before and hope to enjoy their first snow day while school officials can rest assured knowing that their students and employees are safe. Arledge also says, "It's kind of unique to this area. You get this maybe once every 20 to 30 years, but it's our turn now, so here we are." Lots of schools will be closing for both tomorrow and Wednesday. Visit our website, www.wxxv25.com, for a list of closed schools.